Holidays on Ice

Holidays on Ice

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An anthology of humorous Christmas tales and essays features excerpts from the author's "Barrel Fever" and "Naked," as well as a new tale of holiday mayhem.

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Holidays on Ice collects six of David Sedaris' most profound Christmas stories into one slender volume perfect for use as a last minute coaster or ice scraper. This drinking man's companion can be enjoyed by the warmth of a raging fire, the glow of a brilliantly decorated tree, or even in the back seat of a van or police car.

"The SantaLand Diaries", "Dinah, the Christmas Whore", and "Season's Greetings Greetings to our Friends and Family!!!", all previously published stories, have been joined by a trio of equally charming newcomers.

A network television executive strong arms the congregation of a small Pentecostal church in "Based on A True Story". "Front Row Center with Thaddeus Bristol" finds a bitter local theater critic savagely attacking the various holiday plays and pageants presented by the area's elementary schools. And finally, in "Christmas Means Giving", two competitive families celebrate the season by giving the gift of themselves.

A Hachette Audio production.

Publisher: Boston :, Little, Brown and Co
Copyright Date: ©1997
ISBN: 9781609411527
Characteristics: audio file,rda
1 sound file : digital
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor


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May 08, 2015

I read this book every year around the holidays. Kind of surprised that some were a bit startled by the admittedly "cynical" (I'd say stringently satirical, but to each his own) of some of the stories. Any Sedaris reader should know sentimentality is rarely an aspect of his work. The Audio version (read by the author) is worth it if only to hear Sedaris' rendition of "Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer" as sung by Billy Holliday.

Nov 28, 2014

Santaland Diaries was funny, especially as I've worked retail. Bits of it bordered on the snide, but the other pieces were too cynical to be humorous. Nasty cracks about fat kids and sarcasm about parents in Christmas pageants isn't funny or even witty to me. Cheap shots as an excuse for humor is the last resort of the failed comic.

Nov 08, 2013

Definitely not my favorite of his, and I am a huge Sedaris fan. Although I do enjoy hearing his writing in his own voice, his attempts at fiction are awkward and mostly not funny. "Jesus Shaves," "Santaland Diaries," and "Six to Eight Black Men" were the only redeeming stories for me in this collection.

Aug 01, 2013

Not interested in finishing this one....
Sedaris has done much better!

Jun 06, 2013

Not his best work.

Aug 21, 2012

I'm a Sedaris fan and enjoyed the entertainment! Yes, cynical (maybe too much sometimes), but funny.

Nov 26, 2011

I really liked the story about taking a job as a Santa elf, but otherwise I found the stories too cynical, and I didn't finish the collection.


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